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LV=CC, September 20: As it happened

Lancashire secured the Division Two title with a draw against Gloucestershire while Surrey had their relegation confirmed with a six-wicket defeat to Warwickshire.

4:40pm - That concludes the penultimate round of fixtures. Today, Lancashire secured the title to go with their promotion back to Division One, while Surrey will be going the other way after having their relegation confirmed.

Here's all the results from today.

Division One

Surrey were relegated after a six-wicket defeat to Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Yorkshire secured second place with an 80-run win over Middlesex at Headingley.

Division Two

Lancashire lifted the Division Two title following their draw with Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Northamptonshire need five more points to secure promotion after their draw with Kent at Wantage Road.

Essex must beat Hampshire next week to stand any chance of promotion following their draw with Glamorgan at Chelmsford.

Bottom side Leicestershire finished their campaign with a 180-run defeat to Hampshire at Grace Road.

4:30pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (322 & 181/2d) draw with Essex (424/6d) at Cheltenham. Murray Goodwin is four short of a fifty when the sides agree on a draw. Essex go into the final round of fixtures 20 points behind Northants in the battle for promotion.

4:25pm - RESULT! Lancashire (310/8d & 195/2d) draw with Gloucestershire (209) at Bristol. Lancashire are Division Two champions. Luis Reece falls three runs short of a ton and that signals the end of the game as the sides agree on a draw. With Northants also drawing, Lancashire are champions.

RESULT! Kent (418) draw with Northamptonshire (431/5d) at Wantage Road. The captains have had enough and the match is drawn. Northants take 10 vital points in their push for promotion.

RESULT! Yorkshire (210 & 194) beat Middlesex (128 & 196) by 80 runs at Headingley. Jack Brooks' fourth wicket secures victory and second place in Division One for the White Rose in their 150th year.

4:10pm - Yorkshire are two further scalps away from victory as Jack Brooks traps Tom Helm leg before.

Glamorgan lead by 55 runs with eight wickets left after Gareth Rees is caught at gully off Graham Napier for 76.

3:53pm - RESULT! Surrey (400/5D and forfeited) lost to Warwickshire (120/0d & 281/4) by six wickets. Surrey are relegated from Division One. Ateeq Javid and Chris Woakes prove too good for Surrey and their 155-run partnership steers Warwickshire to a comfortable victory. Surrey's gamble backfired, but a draw would have all-but relegated them as well.

3:45pm - Ben Harmison is among the wickets after removing Andrew Hall for 35. Northants lead by one run.

3:40pm - We are back under way in the evening session. Surrey could very soon be confirmed as a Division Two club.

3:30pm - Just before the players return for the evening session, you have time to listen to what Chris Rushworth - and his son Henry - thinks of being a county championship winner.

3:15pm - And that is tea in all our games. In Division One Warwickshire are 250 for four, with Middlesex 149 for seven after Gareth Berg fell to the last ball of the session.

In Division Two, champions-elect Lancashire are 133 for one, Northants are 409 for four and Glamorgan are 124 for one.

The captains' handshakes may not be too far away in the latter three games.

3:08pm -  The wickets have dried up as we approach tea in our five remaining games. Surrey are facing the drop ,with Warwickshire requiring just 31 runs to win with six wickets in hand.

2:58pm - The party is close to getting started in Manchester... 

2:56pm -  Warwickshire's Chris Woakes and Lancashire's Luis Reece have recorded fifties, while Yorkshire can scent victory after taking a sixth Middlesex wicket, with John Simpson heading back to the pavilion courtesy of Steven Patterson.

2:48pm - Surrey take the new ball in a bid to avoid the drop, but it's looking like a tall task now with Warwickshire within 50 runs of victory, thanks to Ateeq Javid's century.

Chris Rogers is out for 65, caught behind off Liam Plunkett, leaving Middlesex 134 for five while Gavin Rees has a fifty as Glamorgan pass 100.

Horton's bithday knock ends on 55 as he is caught at mid-on off Tom Smith.

2:35pm - Paul Horton celebrates his birthday with a fifty. He could be celebrating the Division Two title this evening.

Graham Napier has Will Bragg caught behind to leave Glamorgan 82 for one.

2:21pm -  Middlesex are four down and trail by 168 runs after Jack Brooks removes Neil Dexter.

David Sales falls for 110 when he edges Charlie Shreck behind. Northants need 31 more runs for a fifth batting point.

2:13pm - RESULT! Hampshire (364/2d & forfeited) beat Leicestershire (forfeit & 184) by 180 runs at Grace Road. Tomlinson wraps up a decisive victory with his fourth wicket, while Matthew Hoggard ends his first-class career unbeaten on three.

1:59pm - Wakely is trapped lbw by Charlie Shreck but Northants soon reach 350 and a fourth batting point. They should have no problems knocking off the last 50 runs for a maximum return as they battle with Essex for promotion.

Hampshire are on the verge of victory as Tomlinson picks up a third wicket by accounting for James Sykes, who made 24.

1:42pm -  David Sales has a century as Northants rapidly close in on a fourth batting point.

His partnership with Alex Wakely, who himself has passed 50, is worth 110 runs,

1:38pm -  Leicestershire are now eight down as Tom Wells falls to Coles, the over after he hit James Tomlinson for four fours. That's Coles' first Hampshire five-for.

1:22pm - Ryan Sidebottom skittles Joe Denly to leave Middlesex 34 for two while Leicestershire are facing another defeat as Shiv Thakor falls to Matt Coles, leaving them seven down.

1:10pm -  Essex have declared on 424 for six. Glamorgan trail by 102 as play resumes around the country.

1pm -  Surrey have announced that Chris Tremlett and Gareth Batty have signed extensions with the club. But will they be to play in Division One or Division Two? This session could reveal the answer. The players are back out in 10 minutes.

12:38pm -  That's lunch around the country. Here's the state of play:

Division One

Warwickshire  are 136 for four at Edgbaston, chasing 281 to defeat  Surrey  who forfeited their second innings. A Warwickshire victory would relegate Surrey.

Middlesex  are 25 for one, chasing 277 to win after  Yorkshire  were bowled out for 194 at Headingley.

Division Two

Gloucestershire  have been dismissed for 209 against  Lancashire  at Bristol. The Red Rose secured maximum bowling points and will be Division Two champions if Northants fail to win.

And that is looking likely as  Northamptonshire  are 300 for two, responding to  Kent's  418 at Wantage Road.

Essex  are 424 for six, replying to  Glamorgan's  322 at Chelmsford. Owais Shah’s century and Ravi Bopara’s entertaining 89 secures maximum batting points for their side.

Leicestershire  are 111 for six having been 36 for five at Grace Road against  Hampshire , after both sides forfeited an innings before the start of play.

12:35pm -  Newby picks up his fourth scalp and  ends Gloucestershire's innings for 209.

12:29pm -  Smith ends Bopara's knock, but only after being crunched for successive sixes. The England batsman eventually falls for a 67-ball 89, caught by Murray Goodwin at deep extra-cover. Graham Napier also succumbs to Smith in the same over.

12:25pm -  Bopara is having some fun at Chelmsford! Ruaidhri Smith is hit for a six and a four from successive deliveries, before the bowler responds by removing Shah for 120 three balls later.

But Will Bragg's following over is one he will want to forget. Successive no-balls are hit for a six and a four respectively by Bopara and James Foster picks up another boundary from the final delivery. It costs 23 runs in total.

Ateeq Javid has reached a fifty for Warwickshire.

12:20pm -  Ruel Brathwaite breaks Leicestershire's sixth-wicket partnership by ousting Niall O'Brien for 25. He had added 69 with Tom Wells to move them to 105 for six. Thakor is back out to bat, having gone off hurt earlier.

12:15pm -  Middlesex's chase has not started well as Steven Patterson removes Sam Robson for three.

Surrey have a fourth wicket when Rikki Clarke is bowled by Tim Linley. Surrey need six more to give themselves a fighting chance of survival, with Warwickshire needing 155 runs.

12:08pm -  Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah take their partnership past 100 as 17 come from a Dean Cokser over. Bopara hits the last ball for a four to bring up his fifty.

12pm -  Gloucestershire's Tom Smith falls to Oliver Newby before Lancashire's Tom Smith removes Craig Miles in the following over. The Red Rose have maximum batting points and are closing in on the Division Two title.

  11:50am -  Jack Brooks lasts just three balls and  Yorkshire have been bowled out for 194.  Middlesex require 277 runs to win.

11:46am -  David Sales compiles a fifty for Northants, who are 239 for two, while Yorkshire are nine down following the departure Gary Ballance 10 runs short of a ton.

Smith has a third scalp of the day for Lancashire, removing Will Gidman for three to leave Gloucestershire 151 for seven.

  11:29am -  Surrey have got their first scalp of the day. Laurie Evans swings at a wide one from Stuart Meaker and can only pick out Rory Burns at extra-cover.

Benny Howell is removed by Tom Smith as Lancashire pick up a second bowling point while Yorkshire are eight down with Liam Plunkett and Ryan Sidebottom departing in successive overs.

11:20am -  Ben Raine is the latest Leicestershire batsman to fall as he is skittled by Coles. They are now 36 for five.

Lancashire have a second wicket of the morning, Tom Smith trapping Alex Gidman lbw.

11:13am -  Adil Rashid is accounted for by Tim Murtagh at Headingley, while things go from bad to worse for Leicestershire as Shiv Thakor is forced to retire hurt after being struck by a Coles bouncer.

Northants' push for maximum batting points continues with James Middlebrook reaching a century by hitting Charlie Shreck for successive fours.

10:57am -  Oh dear, it's all going wrong for Division Two's bottom club. They have now lost a wicket in each of the last four overs. Tomlinson traps Michael Thornely lbw and Coles bowls Ned Eckersley leaving Leicestershire 24 for four.

Essex are 256 for three after Jaik Mickleburgh falls to Michael Hogan.

10:45am -  After both sides forfeited an innings before the start of play, Hampshire make a superb start with two early scalps. James Tomlinson conceded nine extras in his opening over but, in his second set of six, he castles Greg Smith. Angus Robson soon follows as he is ousted by Matt Cole.

10:35am -  Play is under way throughout the country. Surrey are in need of quick wickets on the field this morning, while off it  they have announced that Zander de Bruyn has been released with immediate effect.  

10:20am -  We will have much more from Durham throughout the day, but now the attention turns to today's fixtures. We are 10 minutes away from the start of play.

10:15am -  There may be a few sore heads in the north-east this morning,  after Durham secured the Division One title yesterday .

It was Will Smith's fourth LV= County Championship success, but he says it was the best:

10:10am -  The sun is out and shining brightly around the country so we should have a full day of play ahead.

Surrey forfeited their second innings in a bid to keep their hopes of safety alive, while in Division Two Lancashire are on the verge of promotion.

10am -  Hello and welcome to coverage from today's round of LV= County Championship fixtures. 

Here's what we have to look forward to today:The Red Rose need seven more points to go up but, with Northants extremely unlikely to beat Kent with maximum batting points, they should have no problems securing the title today.

Division One

Yorkshire are 130 for five in their second innings, 212 ahead of Middlesex at Headingley.

Warwickshire are 55 for two at Edgbaston, chasing 281 to defeat Surrey who forfeited their second innings. A Warwickshire victory would relegate Surrey.

Division Two

Gloucestershire are 90 for three in reply to Lancashire's 310 for eight declared at Bristol, who will be champions if they win or Northants do not beat Kent.

And that is looking likely as Northamptonshire are 183 for one, responding to  Kent's 418 at Wantage Road.

Essex are 240 for two, replying to Glamorgan's 322 at Chelmsford.

Hampshire are 364 for two versus Leicestershire at Grace Road.

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